Peterborough's Darren Ferguson upbeat at squad strength

Darren Ferguson

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson believes his current squad is one of the strongest he has had in his two spells in charge.

Posh are bottom of the table after losing all four league games so far.

Despite that, Ferguson insisted the squad was "more than good enough" to compete at Championship level.

"I've seen enough positives to fully expect if we get the rub of the green that we'll start winning games again," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"I've no doubt about that.

"They don't become bad players overnight, it's just that people lose confidence and it's up to them to get it back.

"Everyone will go through a bad spell in their careers. You find out more about people when they're having a bad time, rather than a good time - it's easy when things are going well," the Scot said.

The two-week international break has been timely for Peterborough and Ferguson expects to have almost a fully-fit squad available for next Saturday's game at Burnley, with winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing having finally recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in pre-season.

"I'm hoping he gets through maybe 60, 70 minutes with the reserves on Tuesday and he'll be involved on Saturday - and he could start," said Ferguson.

One player who could soon be leaving the club, however, is forward George Boyd.

Director of football Barry Fry revealed earlier this month that although a pre-transfer deadline move to Ipswich fell through, Peterborough were still open to allowing Boyd to join the Suffolk club on loan with a view to a permanent switch in January.

"We'll have to see if anything materialises," said Ferguson.

"The simple fact of the matter is that he's been offered a new contract and turned it down.

"He's made it clear that he doesn't want to be at the club at the end of the season.

"We're trying to keep our best players but if they don't want to (stay), we'll move them on accordingly."

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